An old sound given a a new direction entirely - Futuriskï¿½s classic ï¿½Lonely Streetsï¿½ get modern re-shake, through a remix package from current artists ï¿½ to be released on Minimal Waves sublabel reserved for new music and old favorites - Featuring a Chris Carter (Throbbing Gristle) Remix!!! TIP!Futurisk, an electro-punk group made legendary by their anarchistic records and explosive live shows, mysteriously disappeared from a thriving scene in 1984. With an electric and dynamically layered sound (created with pre-midi instrumentation), the South Florida group left an indelible mark in the crates of disco and minimalist collectors dotted around corners of the world, including LCD Soundsystemï¿½s James Murphy (who gave a complimentary wink to Futurisk in 2003 by using ï¿½Push Me Pull You (Pt. 2)ï¿½ on the delightful Colette # 5 DFA Comp CD). Minimal Waveï¿½s own history with Futurisk runs a few years back, starting first by including an unreleased 1982 version of the track ï¿½Meteorightï¿½ on the labelï¿½s ï¿½Found Tapesï¿½ vinyl LP in 2007. Subsequently, Minimal Wave released the retrospective full-length vinyl ï¿½Player Pianoï¿½ LP to celebrate the bandï¿½s 30th anniversary last year, culling material recorded between the years 1980 to 1982, with all of the tracks on their two 7-inch releases mixed in with rare studio recordings and early 4-track tapes.
The Futurisk ï¿½Lonely Streets Remixesï¿½ includes remixes by four of the bandï¿½s biggest fans, each of whom have a sound as iconic as the band themselves: Chris Carter (Throbbing Gristle, Chris & Cosey), Tom Furse (The Horrors), Prince Language (DFA, Editions Disco) and Complexxion from the UK.
ï¿½For the remixes, we wanted to make sure that they werent ï¿½modernizedï¿½ or ï¿½technoï¿½ versions of the tracks, but remixes with the same analogue and dance/rock sensibilities of the time when the original tracks were created, utilizing those very same stem tracks. I believe we have accomplished this with the forthcoming ï¿½Lonely Streetsï¿½ Remix 12inch vinyl.
The first remix 12inch will be dedicated to the track ï¿½Lonely Streets,ï¿½ with a remix by synth legend Chris Carter, whose version is one that I would have dreamed of doing back in 1982, had we the time and funds and equipment. Prince Languageï¿½s version captures the feel of the song beautifully with the utilization of all the stems, especially the real drum tracks that were part of Futuriskï¿½s signature sound, stirring up the No Wave styles that also influenced us at the time. It was also a pleasure to hear Tom Furseï¿½s Moroder-esque electropunk take, sounding like a missing track from a late 1970â€²s sci-fi flick and finally Complexxionï¿½s track with the feel and approach of Arthur Baker, Martin Rushent, Daniel Miller and Kraftwerk of course, all of which were big influences on the members of Futurisk.ï¿½
- Jeremy Kolosine (founding member of Futurisk)